In a recent blog I complained about feeling short-changed on the tortilla size of the Chicken Soft Taco. Well, on my last visit a couple of days ago I was somewhat surprised to find that my taco had grown another inch in diameter. Instead of the puny 5" tortillas that were in my post, I now received fully-packed 6" ones. What happened? Were the smaller ones a fluke? Did someone (mistakenly?) give me the Del Carbon tortillas? Was I an unwitting subject of some secret experiment? Noone may ever know, but I am grateful to get the extra few bites back in my lunch.
McDonald's will be rolling out three new Angus Snack Wraps on August 10. The wraps "offer the same premium burger taste and flavorful ingredients as the Angus Third Pounders with the convenience of a portable, snack-size wrap." The wrap comes in three varieties:
• Deluxe: Red tomato, green leaf lettuce, red ring onions, crinkle cut pickles, American cheese, creamy mayonnaise and yellow mustard
• Bacon & Cheese: Red ring onions, crinkle cut pickles, a strip of bacon, American cheese, ketchup and yellow mustard
• Mushroom & Swiss: Sautéed mushrooms, Swiss cheese and creamy mayonnaise
I love Del Taco. My favorite item has to be the Chicken Soft Taco, which I find superior in every way to any equivalent at Taco Bell. I love the Chicken Soft Taco so much that I silently endured the price increase last year to 99 cents that was justified in advertising as the result of an increase in the amount of chicken in each taco.
Imagine my dismay, then, when I unwrapped my most recent Chicken Soft Tacos only to find this:
The picture almost doesn't capture the miniscule size of this taco. Is it just me, or did Del Taco reduce the diameter of the tortilla? It is now exactly five inches. I don't know what it was before, but this seems like the "del Carbon" size.
There still appeared to be a good portion of chicken inside, however you can probably tell from this picture that there is barely enough room to fit any condiments and still close the shell. I have to be right on this - the TACO IS SMALLER. Del Taco, did you think nobody would notice? Is this taco worth 99 cents, or 1.09, or some such similar price? Are you going down the path of Taco Bell in downsizing to maintain a "bargain" menu item and if so, can a potato taco be far away?
I'll still order the Chicken Soft Taco. I am addicted. But why not come out with two sizes? Do a tiny one at a lower price and go ahead with a Macho Chicken Soft Taco at a higher price point. At least I wouldn't feel insulted when I order it.
Updated In-N-Out Burger Menu. Looks like the prices increased 5-10 cents per item since last year.
Back in September, 2009, I reviewed the Big Carl at Carl's Jr., a double cheeseburger with thousand island spread that was Carl's answer to the Big Mac. That burger is tasty and a worthy challenger. But, at 920 calories it blows the doors off the trimmer by comparison 540-calorie Big Mac.
For those who want the great taste of a thousand island burger in a smaller package, Carl's introduces the Little Carl, still a double cheeseburger but with smaller patties. What that does for your wasteline, however, remains to be seen, since as of press time there was no nutrition information published on the Carl's Jr. website for this sandwich.
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